NEW Daniela Mercury - Canibalia (CD)
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Audio CD, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, September 13, 2011
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This is an extremely sophisticated album given the very important premise that Daniela Mercury is in essence making a huge declaration by entitling the work Canibalia.
Canibália's "mission" according to press, is to reach into the future by traveling through the continuum of two significant upheavals that marked Brazilian culture forever: The Brazilian Modernist Movement spawned by the Oswaldo Andrade's 1928 Manifesto Antropófago, the 1968 Tropicalia Movement launched by Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso's recording Tropicália: ou Panis et Circensis.
Andrade's manifesto argues that based on the premise that the history of Brazil has, as its greatest strength, the power to cannibalize others and simultaneously plays with the idea of cannibalism as a modern primitivism; like a presumed tribal rite. Cannibalism then, becomes a way for Brazil to reaffirm itself against the cultural domination of Post Colonial Europe.
The NY Times/ Jon Pareles nails it:"The Brazilian songwriter and singer Daniela Mercury titled her latest album, "Canibália" ("Cannibalism"), to allude to the 1928 "Manifesto Antropófago" ("Cannibal Manifesto"), a defining work of Brazilian modernism by the poet Oswald de Andrade, which praises Brazilian culture for devouring and digesting other cultures. That's a declaration of serious ambition that the album lives up to."
and " "smart, euphoric, time-tangling Brazilian pop: as traditional as a samba band or a carnival beat at one moment, an excursion into electronics, hip-hop or jazz the next."
O Que É Que a Baiana Tem
Sol do Sol
A Vida É Um Carnaval
Bênção do Samba
And these are the standard fare that Daniela has offered us over the years.
Probably the worst song on the CD is Oyá Por Nós which features Margareth Menezes who co-wrote the song with her. Tico-Tico No Fubá is just as bad.
I don't see anything new with the music offered on this CD either. It's basically the standard Daniela offering plus elements of Carnaval Eletrônico and Sou de Qualquer Lugar thrown in for good measure.
With 5 good songs out of 14 which equals a 2.8 rating, I'll have to give it 3 stars.
You can listen to the whole album via this link (if I'm allowed to display it here???)
While I completely agree that the production values are completely out of control - there are five producers! - The essence of the album nonetheless, is a forward and cohesive move by the artist who has never been satisfied with repeating herself nor her past successful formulas. This is a study of antropofagia in 21st century music from Brazil. All of Mercury's albums have been ecclectic and while some have been definite masterpieces, her entire discography has much to offer.
In this album, the stand outs are: Trio em Transe,Oya por Nos, Preta, Castelo Imaginario, Bencao do Samba and O Que Sera. Secondary to these: O Que e Que a Baiana Tem and A vida E Um Carnaval (a gorgeous translation of Celia Cruz's mega hit)and Tico Tico no Fuba.
The rest are just short of "on the mark": Sol do Sul (too simplistic but catchy), Dona Desse Lugar (too anthemic and grandiose), This Life is Beautiful (too complicated and not cohesive), Cinco Meninos (great but progressively sappy) and One Love (great retro version of Sara Tavares' original but belongs on club dance floor).
I will hold ground to say that like Sou de Qualquer Lugar- the first (and beautiful) album that Mercury released with a heavy dose of fusion between electronic and axe/samba-reggae, Canibalia will prove to be yet another gem in her discography.
That said, Canibalia due to it heavy handed production, will live best as a live show. I found this link online with a good number of the songs on the CD-[...] do not know how long it will be up ...
But all in all: Eu falo esta cd é muito bom, muito legal! Have fun with it.
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